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Students Persevere With Impressive Showing at “Virtual” Oregon History Day; Over 50 Students Advance to Nationals

May 20, 2020

Even amidst a pandemic, 141 students from across the state came together virtually to participate in Oregon History Day, the statewide qualifying competition for the annual National History Day® contest. Fifty volunteer judges evaluated over 70 projects online, inspired by the annual theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” and 56 students qualified to advance to the National History Day® contest, which will take place online from June 14–20.

Oregon Black Pioneers & Oregon Historical Society Launch Virtual Version of Civil Rights Exhibition, Racing to Change

April 30, 2020

With museums currently closed throughout Oregon, the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) are excited to invite the community to “visit” its new virtual exhibit, Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years, now available on both institution’s websites at and On view at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland from January through June of 2018, this popular exhibit illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. The launch of this virtual exhibit marks nearly a decade of partnership between OHS and the Oregon Black Pioneers. Since 2011, the Oregon Historical Society has proudly hosted four exhibitions curated by the Oregon Black Pioneers, sharing the history of Oregon’s black community spanning from 1788 through the 1970s. Through their exhibitions, the Oregon Black Pioneers, a volunteer run organization, strives to educate individuals about the essential role that African Americans played in building the social, cultural, and economic base of Oregon.

Oregon Historical Society Asks Oregonians to Share Their Personal Reflections during Pandemic

March 19, 2020

How do we stay connected and rooted in community while practicing social distancing? What is the role of cultural institutions during this unprecedented time? As the repository of Oregon’s history, OHS has a responsibility to record this moment for future generations – a moment that practically no one on earth has experienced in their lifetime. That is why the Oregon Historical Society is asking you to share your stories: your personal reflections on living through this pandemic. In this period of isolation from friends and family, what stories of Oregonians from the past or present are giving you courage? How are you spending your days in this strange new “normal?” What have you learned about yourself, your friends, or your family, that is giving you strength amidst chaos? The Oregon Historical Society invites community members to share their personal reflections by submitting a letter through an online form or by mailing a handwritten note to the OHS Research Library (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205). All written and electronic submissions must include the author’s full name, location (city, town, or reservation), and the date.

Oregon Historical Society to Close Temporarily in Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Following the most recent announcement from state and local officials surrounding large public gatherings, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has decided to close to the public temporarily beginning on Saturday, March 14, with an anticipated reopening of Monday, March 30. OHS has cancelled or postponed all public programs through April 12, 2020 as well as cancelled school tours and suspended its traveling trunk program through April 17. Library services, including research inquiries and photo and film reproductions, will also be paused during this period.

OHS Commemorates Centennial of the 19th Amendment with New Exhibit, “Nevertheless, They Persisted”

March 9, 2020

In 1872, Mary Beatty, an African American Oregonian, joined Abigail Scott Duniway, Maria Hendee, and Mrs. M.A. Lambert in their attempt to vote. These four women brought attention to the campaign for women’s voting rights — known as “woman suffrage.” Almost one hundred fifty years after this historic moment, the Oregon Historical Society commemorates this complicated history and the brave activists who fought for woman suffrage in an original exhibition, “Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment.” On view March 14 through November 8, this exhibit shows the many ways Oregon history connects to the national history of woman suffrage and to the complex history of American democracy.

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AAUW program features student filmmakers

March 3, 2020

By Tammy Malgesini, East Oregonian. Films created by Griswold High School students will be screened during the March general membership meeting of the American Association of University Women. Each year, the Oregon Historical Society coordinates the National History Day program in Oregon. Middle school and high school students compete by producing history projects in five categories — papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. This year’s topic is “Breaking Barriers in History.” Top projects qualify for the national contest. Over the years, Griswold High School students have excelled in filmmaking projects under the guidance of history teacher Lorin Kubishta. A number of Helix students have gone on to compete at the national level.

MAX stabbings inspire issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly that examines white supremacy

February 16, 2020

By Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive. The latest issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly draws a bright line from the 19th-century arrival of whites in Oregon country to the May 26, 2017, stabbings on a Portland MAX train. The quarterly, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published since 1900 by the nonprofit Oregon Historical Society, devotes its 268-page Winter 2019 special issue to articles detailing white supremacy and resistance throughout Oregon history. An editor’s note from one of the issue’s guest editors, Portland historian and educator Carmen P. Thompson, says the MAX stabbings were the catalyst for the issue.

Oregon Historical Society Delves into State’s White Supremacist History

February 6, 2020

By Saundra Sorenson, The Skanner. The Oregon Historical Quarterly’s Winter 2019 edition may well be the definitive historical account of white supremacy in Oregon—and the ongoing resistance to it. Though it is a peer-reviewed academic journal, the special issue is structured like a textbook and reads as a compelling narrative, thanks to a diverse group of contributors that include historians and history professors, journalists, authors, educators, a retired judge, a civil rights lawyer, a natural resource management professional and the assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice. “We can imagine it with a lot of uses, everything from scholarship to public policy to education,” Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of OHQ, told The Skanner. “I think just citizens in general will be using it to better understand their state.”

"White Supremacy & Resistance"

February 4, 2020

by Allison Frost Follow, Samantha Matsumoto, and Julie Sabatier, OPB. The Oregon Historical Quarterly has published a special edition called “White Supremacy & Resistance.” The issue evolved as a reaction to the racial violence that resulted in two murders on a Portland MAX light rail line in 2017. Articles explore white supremacy in the formation of Oregon and its state constitution, as well as the history of violence to dominate and control nonwhite populations, from Indigenous peoples and African Americans to East Indian, Chinese and Japanese immigrants. We talk with one of the guest editors of the issue, emeritus professor of Black Studies at Portland State University Darrell Millner, and with independent historian Johanna Ogden.

The Ghost Hunter

January 26, 2020

By Leah Sottile, The Atavist Magazine. For hundreds of years, there were rumors of a shipwrecked treasure on the Oregon coast. But no one found anything, until Cameron La Follette began digging. The story goes like this: Sometime around the year 1694, a ship wrecked near the foot of a mountain in Oregon. The area’s indigenous people named the peak Neahkahnie (knee-ah-kah-knee), “the place of the god”—a wide, tall mountain that appears to rise out of the Pacific Ocean like a giant climbing out of a bathtub. Its shoulders are cloaked in a dense forest of spruce and cedar, where elk find refuge in mists and leave hoofprints in the mud. For more than three centuries, the Nehalem-Tillamook people have told the tale of a ship that crashed there, a devastating collision of man and nature.

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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

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